I read Emily Dickinson all last winter
I’m honored to have been chosen as the Artist-in-Residence at Fruitlands Museum in the town of Harvard, Mass. Starting this spring, I’ll be conducting gallery talks and workshops, and creating a site-specific outdoor sculpture, in addition to having a show in the Gallery. Most of my work for the July gallery show is new and specific for Fruitlands, but I’m also showing a couple of pieces that relate to American women writers, like this one about reading Emily Dickinson.
At Boston’s Kingston Gallery, “Dense and Fragmented” by Erica Licea-Kane. Fabric, sewing, couching, hand printed paper, acrylic pigment, 30x40x2″, 2012. Through January 21.
The Sleepless (2011)
glazed stoneware and porcelain
A friend brought my attention to the Norton Museum’s show of Klara Kristalova’s ceramic sculpture, which closed last spring. Kristalova’s dreamlike groups of humans and animals point to raw subconscious experience, untempered by reason. Kristalova works in a Meissen porcelain technique, which gives a very high luster to her hand-built pieces. Comprised of several distinct creatures, as in “The Sleepless” (above), her groups of figures call up the individual entities that comprise personality, or consciousness–a kind of society of mind of dreams. This is the first show of Kristalova’s work outside Sweden, and was part of the Norton’s new exhibit series supporting the work of women artists.
Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars presents a video installation by Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj in an immersive environment that re-creates a Moroccan salon. Trade an entire day of New England December weather for another continent.
Sculpture, prints, and drawings in Kathe Kollwitz’s “Krieg” cycle are at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center. Kollwitz’s work has lost none of its power in the hundred or so years ago since it was first created, and the raw emotion of her subjects–grieving parents and widows, starving civilians, orphaned children–speaks powerfully to the world today.
A mural-size photograph of Kollwitz’s sculptures, “The Grieving Parents” confronts the viewer on one wall. Kollwitz designed the pair to memorialize her son Peter, slain in the First World War, and they reside in the Vladslo German War Cemetery in Belgium.
The Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass., houses the Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Special Collection. This collection, the only one in the country, spans seventy years of creative output from Fuller’s early works in Paris, to her role as a precursor to the Harlem Renaissance, to her late works celebrating members of the African-American intelligentsia. It offers not only a holistic and rich overview of her work and artistic process, but also a very intimate look at her life, family, and creative community.
“We are grateful for the support of the Henry Luce Foundation…for recognizing Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller’s significance as an artist, as well as the potential for her life and her work to inform our understanding of race, gender, and class in the early 20th century,” says Debra Petke, museum director. “The funds provided under this grant are essential to our efforts to inventory, photograph, and rehouse these objects. By improving both storage and our collections database, we will stabilize this one-of-a-kind collection, prepare it for our eventual move to the Jonathan Maynard Building, and begin to make it accessible for scholars.”
Seen on the way to the Gardner today. A pair of wrought iron wyverns about 3 feet high, flanking a doorway on Tetlow Street. Very Highclere Castle-ish.
I’m included in the New England Sculptors Association show at the historic Governor Langdon house in Portsmouth, NH. Here I am at my moldmaking demonstration last weekend, showing my two-part mold for the baby head series. The beautiful mansion and grounds host both indoor and outdoor work in bronze, wood, stone, and steel by over 20 area sculptors. On view through September 6.
I’ll be giving an ongiong demonstration of moldmaking and sculpture techniques at Portsmouth’s historic Governor John Langdon House from 2-4pm, in the studio. This complements the New England Sculptors Association summer show, on the grounds and inside the 18th-century mansion itself. A second half of this show is installed on the grounds of the Sarah Orne Jewett house, just across the river in Maine. Hope to see you!